Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
The University of Houston is located in Houston, Texas, the nation's fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the world. Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, UH educates more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 230,000 alumni.
At our Public Speaking and Debate Camp level, middle school and high school students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling them to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Students at the Public Speaking and Debate Camp level will work on effective public speaking and argumentation, allowing them to further advance their presentation and debate skills to prepare them for the real world. The camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun! Complete description »
The Public Forum Debate Camp for Middle & High School students teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate. Complete description »
*Cost covers tuition, room, and board;however, the commuter option does not include breakfast. Additionally, the cost excludes $75 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice.
Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey
Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be. Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families.
It is worth it to give the kids a try and to have them experience the new camp, it will benefit them a lot and they will love it. My daughter loves it so much and she did learn something new to her which helps her a lot when she starts to get into high school this year. Because they can learn not only debate skills, but they built up great relationships with the coaches and other students.
Capitol debate is like a triple layered cake. Every time you thought you've thought you have seen the best, you see something better.
We would say that the camp combines learning, working on speaking skills, camaraderie and fun very well. I would say highly organized and impactful two weeks.
When I arrived at Capitol Debate, I didn't know how to debate. By the end of the camp, not only did I learn to do this, but I also learned how to speak in front of many people AND I made so many friends. Thank you Capitol for an amazing summer! I am definitely coming back next year!
Not only is the debate experience exceptional, the community of self-aware, intelligent teens instilled an optimistic hope for my generation.
I think that the camp was a great experience and I made some new friends while I was there.
I came back to this camp again and this time it was just as good or better than last year. Also, my lab leader was extremely inspirational and made learning fun and enjoyable. I'll be walking away with lots of information and inside jokes. CRUSH THEIR DREAMS!!!
Capitol Debate changed my life! I learned so much about debate and met many new friends! It was the greatest camp ever!
Thank you for making this such a great experience. I was nervous at first but I knew I made the right decision to come here. Everyone made it so special.
I was a beginner debater. I knew a bit, but not a lot. This camp is very engaging, as well as very interesting. The lectures were informative, and the practice was helpful, too. It requires time and effort, as debate does, but there is enough time for fun. Dinner was enough time to sociailize. I recommend being a resident, as you can make friends with your dormmates, I certainly did. And after 8, it can be the most fun parts of camp. But you need to work hard, so you have to be willing to put in the effort and try hard. The most successful students here were the ones that worked hard, and the ones that practiced and took the time to ask questions. You must also take suggestions, and listen to your peers. At the end of the day, you want to win the tournament, you want to debate like no tomorrow, but for a beginner, and for me, the main goal was to prove to myself that I could be a good debater and speaker, and that regardless of wins or losses, I would learn and take suggestions, improve on myself, and take losses. I wanted to debate, and Capitol Debate gave that to me in twelve days i won't forget.
Capitol Debate is the nation's leading expert in teaching communication skills to middle school and high school students. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.
We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.
Our programs draw students from around the world because we focus on our resources year round to ensure that we can bring the best information to our students. Our curriculum focuses on theory and application to provide results that you will be able to see as they become better, more confident speakers.
Capitol Debate’s academic summer camps are spread across the United States, from East to West as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect camp location for you.
Please note that all payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, full credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event, if written notice of cancellation is provided prior to May 1st for camps and at least two weeks for other programs. Any add-ons, tournament or fees paid cannot be refunded and are non-transferrable. Summer camp cancellations received after May 1st or programs cancellations after two weeks prior to program starting must also be made in writing and will follow the cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.